Audiobook Read-along Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland

Posted January 19, 2024 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 9 Comments

Audiobook Read-along Review:  My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana RowlandMy Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #1
Narrator: Allison McLemore
Published by Audible Studios on July 3, 2012
Genres: NA Urban Fantasy, NA Paranormal
Length: 09:05
Source: Purchased
Format: Audiobook
My Rating: five-stars
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Audie Award Nominee, Paranormal, 2013

Angel Crawford is a loser

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she’s a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who’s been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn’t have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there’s a job waiting for her at the parish morgue–and that it’s an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.

Before she knows it she’s dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey–just when she’s hungriest!

Angel’s going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn’t, she’s dead meat.


My Review

So, this is a book I’ve wanted to read for a while, and when I saw Anne over at Books of My Heart was doing a read along with the whole series, I decided this was the perfect time to jump in. I decided to do the audiobooks because that would be the easiest way to fit all of them in with the rest of my blogging and review books and TBR shelf challenges. Unfortunately the only way to get the audiobooks is from Audible. And I used my last credit to buy the first one before pausing my membership. I loved this first book so much though, that I was happy to go buy the second one from Audible, especially with it being on sale!

So one blurb about this book, not the one I chose above, but one says she is a teenager. I wonder if that was an early version of the book? Because she’s not a teenager. Pretty sure she’s 21? So that makes this a new adult or adult series in my opinion. I will also admit at the beginning I was a little confused about what was happening, but that was perfect because so was Angel! I was also a little unsure if I could like it as Angel with her drug use and such was just not normally a character I enjoy reading about. Yeah, I’m a squeaky clean nerd in that aspect.

As a fan of horror movies, zombie movies and tv shows sometimes, having a zombie that is not just a stumbling around or even racing around monster, still able to act like a human, was new for me. I do know there are shows out now where there are zombies that aren’t the mindless monsters like on The Walking Dead, but I haven’t watched those, so this was a fun and unique read for me. It was definitely interesting the way she kept the brains to feed herself. Mixed into smoothie like concoctions or with soup. Her one contact in the zombie world that had things together, well, I got frustrated when she didn’t call him earlier for help, although when she did call him, and what happened at that point, well that made the plot get rolling really quickly into a big moment! And of course the way he stored his brains, frozen meals? That was perfect as well!

While I had some guesses on who turned her, and I did end up being right, it was interesting how it all played out to find that out and what happened once it was kind of revealed. Especially once the idea of someone hunting zombies came up and how that related to this. There were lots of great characters in this book. Ones that I worried about causing problems, family members, ex-boyfriends and their friends, new friends, etc.

The ending was so good, we got a bit of romance working out, and Angel learning maybe she could move on from being a loser, if she stopped just accepting all the things being the way they were and started taking little bits of help as they were offered or available. With what happened at the big moment at the end as well, I can see a certain character possibly popping back up in a future story to cause mayhem.

Last but not least, I think the narrator was perfect! She totally sounded like what you might think someone from Louisiana would sound like, especially adding twang and inflection to make the character seem young and loser-like, but also someone you could root for and wanted to see make it!

I’ll probably start listening to book 2 as soon as I finish my current audiobook!

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9 responses to “Audiobook Read-along Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland

  1. I’m glad you loved it too. I had my own qualms about her loser attributes and whether she would be likeable. But I do like her. She just finally is getting a chance in her life and she’s doing great with it so far. Thanks for sharing your review. I hope to see you on the chat Sunday.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Normally I wouldn’t want to do that either. But it got me reading them! And I’m doing audio because otherwise I probably wouldn’t get it fit in. But they are good, hope you try them some day!

  2. I’m new to this series and doing the read-along as well. I really enjoyed this first book. I love that Angel starts and an anti-hero and through her change and trials is learning to get her act together. I’m not a horror fan, but other than the cover, this is definitely not horror, so I was thankful. The ending left me with hope and interest to start the next one!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yes, it was a perfect way to get so much growth with her and she really grew on me. I started book 2 yesterday and it’s really good so far!

  3. Yes, I was a little hesitant too because of the drug aspect! I hate reading about a character hooked on drugs and on a destructive path, but thankfully that was not what happened here. I loved the story too and I agree the narrator was wonderful! Looking forward to the next one. I had a lot of fun with our chat, too!

    • Lisa Mandina

      So far I’m really enjoying book 2! Hope you enjoy it a lot as well. I’ve got to get around and comment on everyone else’s reviews still.

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